The “Cynical, Disgusting” Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard

Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You ListenSign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts.Photograph by Jordan Vonderhaar / GettyLast week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew roughly fifty migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Some of these migrants said that they were actively

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Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew roughly fifty migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Some of these migrants said that they were actively misled about where they were being sent and what would await them when they arrived. They have since filed a lawsuit, accusing DeSantis and other state officials of executing “a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme” in which vulnerable people were used as political props. The New Yorker staff writer Jonathan Blitzer has written extensively about the politics and policy of the southern border. He speaks with the guest host Tyler Foggatt about the rogue practices of Border Patrol, the surge of asylum seekers from Venezuela, and why Republican governors are “calling the shots” on the Biden immigration agenda.

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